Romania presidential vote seen heading to Nov. 24 runoff

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Exit polls from Sunday’s balloting showed a runoff will be needed Nov. 24 to decide Romania’s presidential contest.

Official results are not expected before Monday, though two exit polls found center-right President Klaus Iohannis collecting nearly 40% of the votes, followed by Viorica Dancila, the recently ousted prime minister, with around 22%. A candidate needs more than 50% of the votes to win the election outright.

Romanian new gov't sworn in

BUCHAREST, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Romania's new cabinet headed by National Liberal leader Ludovic Orban took the oath of office late Monday before President Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

Iohannis congratulated everyone in the National Liberal Party (PNL) who had done an "incredible" job and managed to convince the opposition parties and other parliamentarians to vote together for the new government.

"A very great achievement," he stressed.

Romania, Hungary recruit in Asia to fill labour shortage

BUCHAREST, Oct 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Sporting yellow safety helmets, about 30 men are busy at work on a construction site south of Bucharest, exchanging a few words in Vietnamese.

Faced with a growing labour shortage which threatens their economies, Romania and Hungary are courting Asian workers, going against Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration rhetoric.

“My friend, my friend,” a Romanian worker says to his Vietnamese colleague in English at the Bucharest construction site, trying to break the language barrier.

Romania: Tens of thousands rally against government in Bucharest

11 August 2019; DW: Over 20,000 took to the streets of Bucharest to protest the Social Democrat-led government. The demonstrations were organized by Romanian expatriates angry over widespread corruption and attacks on the judiciary.

Tens of thousands of Romanians staged massive anti-corruption protests in the capital, Bucharest, on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of a violent police crackdown.

Girl's murder sparks outcry and protests in Romania

28 July 2019; AFP: Several thousand protesters rallied in Bucharest on Saturday after Romania's police chief was fired over the murder of a 15-year-old girl who had made three emergency calls to report her own kidnapping and given clues to her whereabouts.

Critics allege that officials failed to take the alert seriously and finally reacted too late to help save the teen, identified as Alexandra.

Re-elected Romanian central bank governor sets joining Eurozone as main task

BUCHAREST, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The re-elected Romanian National Bank Governor Mugur Isarescu said on Wednesday that preparing the country to enter the Eurozone is the main task of the new board of directors he leads.

"This is a board where continuity combines with novelty, experience blends with youth," said Isarescu after Parliament appointed in a joint session the members to the new board of directors.

According to him, this new board will make every effort, use its entire professional capability to fulfill the mandate that is entrusted to it.

Embassy blasts Romanian defense chief as reincarnation of notorious American Russia-hater

BUCHAREST, June 17. /TASS/: The ghost of late US First Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, who was driven insane by the alleged Russian threat and jumped out of a window while interned in a mental asylum shouting, "The Russians are coming!" seems to live on. In fact, it appears to be haunting Romanian Defense Minister Gabriel Les, the Russian embassy in Bucharest said in a statement, commenting on the defense chief’s Friday speech at the Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum 2019 in Romania’s Mamaia.

Pope Francis urges unity on first Romania trip

1 June 2019; DW: The pope called on Romanians to stand together and reject hate at the start of his first trip to the Orthodox majority country. Tensions persist over communist-era confiscations of Catholic properties.

Pope Francis began his three-day visit to Romania on Friday with an appeal for unity in the face of corruption and poverty.

Turkish wrestler wins gold in European championships

14 Apr 2019; AA: Turkey's Atakan Yuksel won a gold medal in the 2019 European Wrestling Championships in Romania on Sunday. 

Competing in the men's 67-kg Greco-Roman category, Yuksel beat Polish competitor Gevorg Sahakyan 5-1 to claim the medal in the tournament in Bucharest.

So far, Turkey has won two golds, one silver and two bronze medals in the Greco-Roman category at the tournament.

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